Thanks to The Star Telegram for the nice writeup.


Posted 1:02pm on Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2015

As I’ve said before, and will continue to say, one of the best aspects of the Sofar Sounds concert series is its ability to unearth heretofore obscured area talents, placing them in a context allowing them, and by extension, their music, to shine.

Such is the case with Dallas-based singer-songwriter Ellen Hinton, who performs under the nom de tune Ellen Once Again, and whom I first became aware of this summer during a sweltering but spirited Sofar set inside the Fairmount Community Library.

Her breezy, back-to-the-future pop — Hinton describes her sound as “one part vintage and two parts bubbly with a shot of pop-soul” on her Bandcamp page — invites you in with a smile on her four-track EP, Another Chance to Live. Although the Longview native makes the most of her 15-minute showcase, the most infectious and radio-ready cut here is far and away Anything, a sunny anthem it’s easy to imagine in heavy rotation alongside Sara Bareilles or Elle King. Live fairly brims with vitality, marking Hinton as a local musician to keep tabs on.